Top-up BA in Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

Top-up BA in Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours)

The Open University

Top-up BA in Childhood and Youth Studies (Honours)

What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively? If you’ve already completed the Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning (X02) or the Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning (W02), this course enables you to top up to a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies.

Key features of the course

  • Considers the practical implications of modern policy and ideas about childhood
  • Explores how to undertake research with children and young people
  • Relevant to a wide range of careers in childcare, education, health and social care
  • Matches the final stage (Stage 3) of our BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies (Q23) degree.

Educational aims

The degree aims to develop theoretical and practical knowledge about children and young people. It is designed for students working with or for children and young people, in a wide range of settings, and for students with a general interest in the study of childhood and youth.

The degree aims to:

  • develop relevant skills of critical analysis
  • provide the necessary concepts, theories, knowledge and skills base to understand the lives of children and young people
  • encourage critical reflection on and analysis of practices affecting children and young people
  • give you the opportunity to examine your own value base in relation to wider views on childhood and youth
  • develop appropriate analytical, research and conceptual skills needed to link theory, practice and experience
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of children's rights
  • deepen your appreciation of the diversity of children's experiences.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding is taught through diverse study materials, including multimedia. You will develop your knowledge and understanding through critical engagement with material. Audio-visual materials offer opportunities to observe and hear from children and young people and to hear service users, practitioners and researchers. You will work independently with the study materials but are encouraged to form self-help groups with other students communicating face to face, by telephone, email etc. Tutors support your learning in tutorials and (where applicable) day schools, organised locally.

The assessment process requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key concepts and theories, to present arguments, to develop and evaluate ideas and to show how you apply these in practice. You are encouraged to assess your own progress frequently through activities in the study material.

Key skills are developed through study guide activities and tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) that offer opportunities to practice and improve. Assessment is through TMAs and an end-of-module assessment (EMA).

Professional and practical skills are developed as part of an increased understanding and awareness of the experiences of children and young people, and what constitutes good practice.

Fees

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 2 years
  • Full time – 1 year
  • Time limit – 3 years

Career relevance

This degree course develops awareness of the diversity of modern childhoods, and understanding of practices and policies that affect children. A degree in childhood and youth studies gives you skills and knowledge relevant to many careers in childcare, health, education, working with families, playwork, or working with young people. It will develop your understanding of practices and policies that affect children, and introduce you to many new aspects of the subject – helping you make informed choices about future career paths. This degree is not a professional qualification, so many of our graduates choose to undertake postgraduate training before progressing to employment in specialist fields.

Future career paths, such as might include:

  • teaching
  • counselling
  • early years work, including play therapy and hospital play
  • speech therapy
  • voluntary sector work
  • youth work
  • education support and welfare
  • social work
  • probation work
  • personal and careers guidance
  • sport and fitness.

The education sector in particular provides increasing opportunities for teaching and non-teaching staff in schools, further and higher education and non-school settings.

This course will develop your research skills if you want to go on to further study. As the #BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies (Q23)# is not a professional qualification, many of our graduates choose to undertake postgraduate training before progressing to employment in specialist fields.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated February 22, 2017
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